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Discover Benelux | Business | Top Meeting & Event Locations
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The vibrant north of the Netherlands Only an hour north east from Schiphol lies the relatively unassuming province of Friesland. It is a shame not many people know about it. Because let’s be honest, it is one of the prettiest provinces of the Netherlands. But above all, it has everything to offer. TEXT: BERTHE vAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: WTC EXPO
“Friesland is booming business,” says Sabrina Slagman, spokesman of WTC Expo. “We have a fabulous gourmet culture; there are wonderful restaurants with top chefs. Leeuwarden is even the nations’ ‘Capital of Flavour’ this year.” Of course Friesland has a lot more to offer than just food. Did you know that it hosts the most events per inhabitant per year? That says something about the buzzing (business) life in this sometimes undervalued province. Friesland offers a glimpse into the unique, authentic culture of the Netherlands with great cities like Sneek and Leeuwarden. There is a range of fun activities such as festivals, sailing or mudflat hiking on the Wadden, a beautiful and special nature environment that is acknowledged by UNESCO.
WTC Expo If there is one company that is not shy about their love for Friesland it is WTC Expo. Based in Leeuwarden, the company
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provides and facilitates events and meetings, but also hosts a four star hotel, a Michelin star restaurant (with a gorgeous city view), a casino and wellness area. Slagman: “Friesland is becoming more and more known by the business traveller, and we at WTC Expo like to provide everything they need, and some more.” Ever since its establishment in 1963, WTC Expo continues to raise the bar. And with great success: they gained the top ten of all 330 World Trade Centres worldwide.
Expo creates access for the corporate North Netherlands to a global network with no less than 800,000 organisations and businesses. “Even though it is almost impossible to get bored at the WTC Expo,” says Slagman, “we also offer trips to the province of Friesland. Friesland has so much to offer, it is absolutely worth a visit… or two!” www.wtcexpo.nl Photo: Merk Fryslân
Global network Slagman: “We have the space to organise special events. We can offer some really extraordinary things.” With 42,000 square metres of conference and exhibition space, they are the largest in the north of the Netherlands. WTC Expo has 15 conference rooms, which can be changed to any preference; they have capacity up to 30,000 people. The four star WestCord WTC hotel offers 143 rooms. The WTC
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